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Adele Donahue
23 October 2015 @ 07:09 pm
Okay, I have a habit of tweaking things to my liking if I can't buy what I want or it's not financially feasible. I tried the diva cup, along with the temperamental leaking I apparently have a very long vagina and I could barely reach the stem when it worked its way up there. I bought the glad rags moon cup because it is the longest. It is LONG and very uncomfortable. I am afraid to cut it too short of course. So my idea: I know the benefit of these cups is no string hanging out of you but me, I like it. It's much more convenient that reaching up in you, fishing around for something slimy to grab, having my fingers cramp up on me. So what if I made a cup string? I am thinking fishing line since (I think) it can be cleaned and sanitized along with the cup. Or I work in the science field, I can probably bring home some suture material. Has anyone else tried this or am I the only crazy one?
 
Kathlynekathlyne on October 24th, 2015 04:08 am (UTC)
I have heard of some people using floss (I think on a cup with a ring stem). I'm guessing you'd put it though the stem? I just imagine that the string would eventually cut through/rip through the silicone.
Kat: walk the streets till dawnremydesire on October 24th, 2015 06:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if you're talking about monofilament or braided fishing line but I don't think monofilament woud be a good choice. It would probably be easy to clean but uncomfortably stiff. It'll be like having a pubic hair up there. I don't know about you, but that's painful and irritating for me.

I'm actually thinking whatever you use, you'll have to replace instead of cleaning and reusing.

Maybe beading or silk thread? Or one of the threads from inside paracord?

Edited at 2015-10-24 07:48 am (UTC)
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there: Sloth debaucheryelettaria on October 24th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
Meluna make cups with a ring for pulling it out. That might work to attach the string to, I'd you can work out an appropriate material.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 24th, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
Both Meluna and FemmyCycle have ring stems available so you could attach a string to either of those.

If the Diva is too short, have you tried the iCare? It's stupid cheap (I got one off AliExpress for $5 shipped), same body design but a much longer stem, like 83mm total length. It's also a good bit softer, which I like, and it's become my go to for preemptive might-get-my-period-today wearing when my cervix is highest. It's by far the easiest to remove out of all my cups.
Adele DonahueAdele Donahue on October 27th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
hmm
no I haven't but I will look into that, there are so many options frankly I will try anything if it is cheap enough. Not sure about it being softer though. I think I have problems with the diva not opening correctly so would like something firmer that OPENS when I tell it to.
tkamockingbird on October 27th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
Have you tried enlarging the dive cup holes so it's easier to reach and it doesn't find its way up so high? When I first started I used a organic cotton string but I only used it for a day.
chamiletchamilet on October 27th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, cups ride up as far as they can, so the largeness of the holes wouldn't make any difference.
tkamockingbird on October 27th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah they do but the diva cup's small holes cause it to "suction" further up than most cups. When I enlarged the holes, the cup was easier to remove and it didn't attach itself so heavily to my cervix. This seems to be a common issue with a lot of diva cup users on this forum as well.
bluemoon79bluemoon79 on October 29th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
You're very creative! Like the others, I think you should try it with a cup with a ring. I have a Meluna with a ring and it's actually the easiest cup to get out because my fingers don't cramp up like they do with other cups. If you do decide to use a string, be careful not to tear off the ring or stem. It seems like a string would put a lot of pressure on one area of the stem/ring and it might tear.
Did you know they make a cup with an applicator? It's called the AmyCup. https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/amy-cup/
Adele DonahueAdele Donahue on October 29th, 2015 02:44 pm (UTC)
fascinating!
Hofan Chaulifeflame on November 2nd, 2015 11:10 am (UTC)
I tried it, it worked really well for a while
I tied a string to the bottom of my MeLuna Cup, which has a knob.

It did wonders in helping me tug the cup down. In fact, if I did it gently and firmly I would be able to tug the whole thing out.

The string I used was a thin version of the thick thread you use for Chinese knotting. You do have make sure you keep the string clean and hold it out of the way if you pee; and after two months my knot slipped free from all the tugging. However, the convenience of not needing to stick my fingers up to ease the cup out is so great, I'm going to try again.